Some brides know from the get-go that they want to wear a veil. If you fall into that category, you are ahead of the game. The veil will serve as your hair adornment, complimenting either your up or down style.
There are several avenues you can take when it comes to veils. If you are going for a traditional yet ornate look, you'll probably want a veil that hits the floor and maybe even trails behind you (think Princess Diana). If you want a less formal look, pick a fingertip veil that falls just to the tips of your fingers. Or if even that seems like too much, go for a short chin length style called a flyaway.
The Tiara Look
Another trendy way to compliment your hairstyle through a wedding hair accessory is with a custom tiara or crown, which can be as ornate and glittery or as simple and even rustic as you wish. These various tiara options may be in order if you are planning a themed wedding, such as Princess or Fairy Tale.
Let's say you always pictured yourself wearing a veil on your wedding day, but suddenly you're obsessed with the image of a bride wearing a sparkling tiara. Well, you can actually wear both! This will involve some creativity on your part and you will probably want to seek advice from an experienced hair stylist.
Although they look delicate and fragile, tiaras are usually quite flexible, so they can bend and shape to your head. If you want to do the tiara-veil combo, you have a couple choices. With the tiara secured on your head, place a veil that is attached to its own comb in back of the tiara. Or find a veil that can be attached to the tiara with hooks and closures. In both instances, you'll have the option of removing the veil after the ceremony, but keeping the tiara in place.
Clever Clips and Claws
Other types of wedding hair accessories may work integrally into your hair design. Consider the following suggestions.
- Hair Pins: Decorated hair pins add a touch of glamour and glitz. These come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes. Check them out at wedding stores (online and otherwise).
- Claw Clips: Who knew there was a fancy version of those everyday hair clips? Crystal or beaded claw clips may be just the right thing to sweep your hair up off your shoulders to expose a pretty row of buttons down the back of your dress.
- Barrettes or Combs: You can find gorgeous barrettes and hair combs in wedding stores and also in specialty boutiques. These are easy and effective accessories to use.
- Headbands: Again, what a surprise that there is a dressed up version of a headband! Combine a jeweled headband with a veil, or wear one on its own.
- Juliet Cap: This is a small round cap that sits securely on top of your head. Depending on your dress, it can be decorated with lace, pearls, or other gems. Perfect for a Renaissance-themed wedding.
Practice Your "Do"
Clearly, there are many hair accessories to choose from, so start thinking now about how you want to look and ask hair stylists in advance for advice and practical tips. Then practice the perfect bridal "do" a few times before your wedding day. Once you've got the do down pat, you'll not only feel like a princess on your special day, but a prepared and seasoned pro.